AN ARREST IN YUCCA VALLEY AFTER THANKSGIVING DAY ATTEMPTED MURDER

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested Thursday morning, accused of attempted murder. According to a Sheriff’s report, Shawna Estrada, 44, used a kitchen knife to slash an unidentified man in the neck in the 7100 block of Murray Lane in Yucca Valley about 6 a.m. Estrada and the victim were arguing before the attack. The victim, identified only as a man in his 40s, was slashed from the left side of his neck close to his carotid artery, cutting his trachea, and continuing down to his chest. He was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs in serious condition. Shawna Estrada was arrested for investigation of attempted murder and booked into the Morongo Basin Jail. She was released on $1 million bail at 5:05 Saturday afternoon.

AN ARREST AFTER THREATENED MURDER AND VIOLENCE IN JOSHUA TREE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Wednesday night after he threatened to kill two other men. According to a Sheriff’s report, Mark Epstein, 56, was arguing with an unidentified man in the 6200 block of East Parkway Boulevard in Joshua Tree shortly before 10 p.m. The report states that Epstein tackled the victim, sat on his chest, and then beat his face with his fists. About 11:30, Epstein went to the home of a victim’s relative, kicked the door, and threatened to kill the victim. Mark Epstein was arrested for investigation of making terrorist threats. He was booked into the West Valley Detention Center with his bail set at $50,000.

COUNTY SUPERVISORS TO CONSIDER SOLAR ORDINANCE TOMORROW

The solar energy ordinance reviewed recently by the County Planning Commission is now ready for the Board of Supervisors. Dan Stork tells how you can view the discussion tomorrow, and be a part of it locally…
An ordinance on the regulation of commercial solar energy generation facilities will be discussed at the December 3 meeting of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. The ordinance also includes definitions pertinent to the subject, and a proposed annual fee structure for such facilities. The meeting begins at 10 a.m., and can be attended at the remote interactive videoconferencing site in the County government building in Joshua Tree, on the highway at Whitefeather Road. Attendees in Joshua Tree will be able to address the Supervisors on the issue during the public comment section of the public hearing. The meeting can also be viewed on the Internet through County Direct on the County’s web site. The full agenda, the staff report and draft ordinance are available at http://cob-sire.sbcounty.gov/sirepub/pubmtgframe.aspx?meetid=2440&doctype=AGENDA . Although the public hearing for the solar energy ordinance is item 56 on the agenda, it is the second item that will be discussed, since the first 50-plus items are on the consent agenda.

TWENTYNINE PALMS AREA GOLD MINE SOLD TO MAJOR FIRM

According to industry sources, last month the Jewelry Exchange completed the acquisition of a gold mine in the Twentynine Palms area. Called “Gold-Stone,” the mine is a quartz mine that is made up of three parcels of land spanning approximately 60 acres, just northeast of Joshua Tree National Park. The original deed to the land, signed by President Roosevelt, grants the owner mining rights over the 60 acres and spans vertically down indefinitely. The first mine claimed in the Twentynine Palms region was the “Blue Jay Mine,” founded by Dave Gowen and Joseph Voshay in 1873. After that, several new mines could be found in what is called the Pinto Mountains region. Originally opened in early 1942, the Gold-Stone quartz mine was shut down, along with all other gold mines across the country, in 1942 by the War Production Board after only three loads of ore had been mined. The ore on these loads averaged 1.5 ounces per ton; 0.25 ounces is considered profitable. The ban on gold mines was lifted in 1945, but due to equipment loss, cave-ins, flooding, and general disrepair, the mining operation stayed closed. The Jewelry Exchange is excited with their new venture, and is considering an expansion of their gold mining endeavor with the purchase of the Storm King and Supply mines, two of the region’s most profitable mines.

YUCCA VALLEY RECREATION TAKING LETTERS TO SANTA

Yucca Valley Recreation will be helping Santa Claus return letters written to him this year. Reporter Taylor Thacker has the North Pole postal schedule…
Santa’s elves will be visiting Yucca Valley to pick up children’s letters to Santa. Letters can be dropped off in the special mailbox in the Yucca Valley Community Center lobby, Monday through Thursday between 9 to 5 p.m., or mailed to Santa Claus, in care of Town of Yucca Valley, 57090-29 Palms Highway, Yucca Valley, 92284. Letters must be received by Tuesday, December 17. The elves will make sure Santa knows to write back. Please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. For more information, call the Community Services Department at 760-369-7211, Monday through Thursday, 7:30 to 5:30 p.m.

TWENTYNINE PALMS LIGHT PARADE AND TREE LIGHTING TOMORROW

The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce invites you to participate in the 19th Annual Winter Light Parade to be held in conjunction with the City’s tree lighting ceremony on Tuesday, December 3, beginning at 5:15 p.m. The parade staging area is on Crestview Dr. between Adobe Rd. and Ocotillo Dr. The route begins at Crestview Dr. and Adobe, heading south on Adobe to Joshua Dr. If you can push it, pull it, ride it, drive it, or tow it, throw some lights on it and be a part of this fun and festive community event. The Chamber asks that you notify them immediately if you are participating so that all necessary paperwork and information can be completed. Please contact the Twentynine Palms Chamber at 760-367-3445 if you have any questions.

ANIMAL ACTION LEAGUE OFFERS LOW-COST VACCINE CLINICS

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine clinics in December for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines; appointments are required for spay and neutering services. Clinics will be held from 10 to 2 in Joshua Tree, behind the dinosaurs on Highway 62: December 3, 21, 28, and 30; and from 10 to 1 on December 17 and 18. To make an appointment for spay or neutering, call 760-322-4560. Visit animalactionleague.us for updated schedules on clinics.

TLC LOOKING FOR DONATIONS

A holiday tradition, Tender Loving Cause, or TLC, is already gearing up for its 28th annual Christmas event. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says TLC is looking for donations…
Tender Loving Cause, or TLC, has been organizing volunteers to provide a free Christmas meal to residents of the Morongo Basin for the past 28 years. But trying to raise enough money to feed 5000 people a turkey and ham dinner with all the sides isn’t the only thing TLC needs. It also provides gift packages to children and shut-ins. TLC also needs decorations for the event, supplies to prepare and cook the food, and to clean up afterward. Monetary donations are the best and easiest way to ensure that TLC has what it needs for the big event. Mail your tax-deductible donation to TLC, PO Box 895, Yucca Valley, 92286.

BASIN-WIDE BREAKFAST TO FEATURE SUPERVISOR RAMOS

The Basin Wide Foundation will hold their monthly breakfast meeting
this Thursday, December 5, at Helen Gray Center at the Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree. Third District County of San Bernardino Supervisor James Ramos will outline this past year’s accomplishments and touch on issues and what’s ahead for the Morongo Basin. The breakfast starts at 7:00 a.m. For questions or to RSVP call 760-365-7219. The cost is $9 per person.

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH DINNER AND FAMILY GAME NIGHT WEDNESDAY

It’s dinner and family game night at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church Wednesday, December 4, starting at 6 p.m. Following dinner there will be crafts for the kids and games for the adults. The church is located at 56750 Mountain View Trail, Yucca Valley.  RSVP to the office at 760-365-6331.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP MEETS TOMORROW

A bereavement support group will meet tomorrow in Joshua Tree. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the meeting will be at Faith Lutheran Church…
Hi-Desert Home Care Services hospice program will host a free ongoing bereavement support group for those whose loved ones have died. Meetings provide a safe, comfortable setting to navigate through the difficulties that often accompany the death of a loved one. Hospice social worker, Gloria Beatle, leads the meetings on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 2 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church on Hallee Road in Joshua Tree. For more information, call Gloria at 760-366-6427.

YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING SCORES FIRST WIN OF SEASON

The Yucca Valley High School Trojan wrestling team placed first in the first competition of the season at Desert Mirage Dual JV Tournament November 26, with 13 wrestlers earning medals. Yucca Valley dominated the competition with the first team going undefeated. The Yucca Valley wrestling team will showcase their talent at a scrimmage tomorrow, December 3, at Yucca Valley High School, starting at 7 p.m.